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BEST NON-ALCOHOLIC CHRISTMAS DRINKS FOR THE PARTY SEASON

BEST NON-ALCOHOLIC CHRISTMAS DRINKS FOR THE PARTY SEASON

Being teetotal (or part-time teetotal) is pretty common these days. And that means stepping away from the orange juice and getting creative.  These no-booze ‘mocktails’ go down a treat and use easily available ingredients. And no need for high level mixology, so no stressed host.

None of these recipes are set in stone – feel free to get creative with colours and flavours.

THE FIZZY ONE

Why should the drinkers get all the sparkle? Dig out the champagne flutes for a fizzy treat. For each flute; fill one quarter with sparkling elderflower juice, top up with cranberry juice and add a splash of lemon juice. Garnish with a slice of lemon, orange or a ‘kebab’ of berries on a cocktail stick. For extra class, dip the glass rims in sugar before you start filling.

THE FRUITY ONE

All the colours and rich tastes of Christmas, none of the alcohol. And plenty of vitamins.

For each glass, mix up 220ml of clear apple juice with crushed frozen berries. Two each of blackberry and raspberry should do it, (mocktail not smoothie!) with a few redcurrants. If this will be too tart for your taste, add a splash of maple syrup and shake it all up. Garnish with a slice or two of apple and whatever fruit is left over.

THE WARMING ONE

Driver-friendly mulled wine – what’s not to like? Mix up two parts pomegranate juice with one part red grape juice. Tip into a saucepan with a handful of frozen blackberries and a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Chuck in a peeled and quartered orange, a cinnamon stick, a few cloves and some black peppercorns. Heat to a simmer and then strain into suitable mugs or glasses.

Being off the booze needs neither reason nor excuse. And with drinks this tasty and no morning after, perhaps your friends will join in!

Photo by Food Photographer | Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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